Credit: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Credit: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

How to Spend an Idyllic 24 Hours in Indian Wells, CA

Here’s Everything Not to Miss in This Desert Destination

Ideally located between Palm Desert and La Quinta, Indian Wells is the desert escape you’ve been longing for. The city’s small-town charm, superb weather and abundance of outdoor activities makes it a destination everyone under the sun will love. Not only does Indian Wells host the annual world-renowned tennis tournament, the BNP Paribas Open, but it also neighbors Indio’s Polo Fields, where two of the most popular music festivals in the world (Coachella and Stagecoach) are held. There’s so much to explore in this enclave of the desert, so we put together an eight-stop itinerary that highlights our favorite places to dine, play and relax.  Indian Wells Itinerary

 

Stay at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a family- and pet-friendly destination with spectacular amenities that include a waterpark, lazy river, bike trails, tennis courts, 24-hour fitness center, European spa and various places to eat and drink. Your luxurious room with a private balcony awaits at this sprawling resort in the heart of Indian Wells!

Indian Wells Itinerary

10 a.m. | Head to Brunch at The Pink Cabana

First stop: brunch! At The Pink Cabana at the Sands Hotel & Spa, you can enjoy traditional brunch favorites with a Mediterranean flair, including made-to-order French toast with orange blossom syrup and chantilly cream. The restaurant’s polished brass fixtures and jewel-toned palette of pink and emerald green will make you want to snap some photos while you brunch. But remember—at The Pink Cabana, the phone eats first!

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Noon | Make Waves at the HyTides Plunge Waterpark

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Head back to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells to soak up the sun at the HyTides Plunge Waterpark! This recreational pool area features dueling water slides, a splash pad and a lazy river that will beckon you and refuse to let you go. Snag a cocktail or bite from Roadrunner Café to fuel up for your next stop!

Indian Wells Itinerary

2 p.m. | Grab Lunch in The Village at Don Diego’s

Don Diego’s has a long and cherished history in Indian Wells. The full authentic Mexican menu includes hearty combinations, sizzling fajitas, tamales and burritos with an oasis of refreshing beverages to complement your selections. Spacious indoor or outdoor seating surrounding a large water fountain creates the ideal tranquil environment for an al fresco lunch.

3 p.m. | Take to the Skies in a Hot-Air Balloon

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It’s time to soar with a hot-air balloon ride from Fantasy Balloon Flights! Spring is an optimal time to enjoy views of the rugged mountains and the beautiful colors of the desert landscape, so soar to new heights with this exotic adventure—an experience you won’t soon forget.

Indian Wells Itinerary

5 p.m. | Enjoy Happy Hour at Agave Sunset Lounge

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Head to happy hour at Agave Sunset Lounge for an array of delicious small plates, including fish tacos, watermelon shrimp ceviche and sliders. Pair your pick with a cocktail, such as the Agave Paloma, Mezcal Mule or Pomegratini. Agave Sunset is aptly named for the sunset views seen from the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

Local Insight: Agave Sunset has its own private-label Agave Sunset Tequila created exclusively for Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

 

7 p.m. | “Shots in the Night” at the Indian Wells Golf Resort

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The Greater Palm Springs area is a golf mecca, and if you’re looking to tee off, Indian Wells Golf Resort’s “Shots in the Night” offering is a one-of-a-kind experience! This unique nighttime event has taken golf to the next level with lighted recreational courses. Aim for huge, lighted targets with your glowing golf ball! There is also a BBQ food truck on standby, just in case your cravings kick in. 

Indian Wells Itinerary

9 p.m. | Stop by The Nest for Late-Night Libations and Live Music

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The Nest is a time-honored spot for a fun-filled night on the town. With live music, a full bar and an exceptional continental menu, this Indian Wells hot spot is the place to be. Bring your dancing shoes and dance all night as the live band keeps the party rollin’.

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